So what's this Bead Soup Blog Party, anyway? It's an awesome, gigantic, international bead swap that pairs you with another jewelry designer. This year there are 490 participants! You send each other a quality package of beads that includes a focal bead or pendant, some coordinating spacers or beads and a special clasp. It can't be just any old mix. You try and send something a little out of the ordinary. Bead Soup extraordinaire!
The idea is to NOT send what your partner normally creates with. That little twist challenges you to work with new materials and helps you to grow and think outside the box. There will be a big Reveal date and LOTS of blog hopping to see what everyone has done.
This event has been covered in 'Jewelry Affaire' and 'BeadWork' magazines and has inspired a book by the creator and host, Lori Anderson.
Here's a link to the book if you'd like a peek'
Bead Soup - 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash
Pardon me, I really must go and start getting my Soup ready!